Original Shrine Category

ORIGINAL SHRINE, Pedro M. Dillinger, Maria Fischer • Walk with Mary: “Armed with rosaries, candles and images of the Virgin Mary, an estimated 300,000 devotees joined the Walk with Mary procession”… no, not at the Original Shrine in Schoenstatt, Germany, but in Cebu City, in January 2020, before the pandemic made mass pilgrimages impossible. Walk with Mary: this is the name of typical Filipino processions, with statues and images of the Virgin Mary carried from one shrine to another. Also, Washington, USA, knows the annual “Walk with Mary” procession inRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Fr. Pablo Pol/mf • In many countries, especially in the northern hemisphere where it is springtime, May is celebrated as “Mary’s month”. For this reason, a more extensive schedule of prayers and celebrations in the Original Shrine is being announced. The most interesting thing for the international community – beyond the Masses that follow in their already established schedule – is the prayer of the rosary every day at 7:00 p.m., in different languages. Everything, of course, is online. We already know that online is no less realRead More
Dr. Peter Wolf to a prayer from “Heavenwards” • On March 25, 1945, the Americans entered and occupied Vallendar, 75 years ago. On March 7, 1945, US troops in Remagen had succeeded in breaking through the Rhine. The Allies rolled up the Rhineland with massive tank units and the support of their air force. Day by day they were coming closer to Vallendar and thus to Schoenstatt. In the Dachau concentration camp, where Father Joseph Kentenich, the founder of the Schoenstatt Movement, was imprisoned as a Nazi prisoner, there wasRead More
Original Shrine, Editorial Department • The fear of the corona virus spreading has far-reaching consequences – now also in the Original Shrine. Not only have several groups and individual pilgrims cancelled their pilgrimages, but now the Holy Mass and the evening blessing will also be cancelled for two weeks – also on Covenant Day and on the feast of St. Joseph. — We publish here the announcement of the Rector of the Original Shrine; translations are made and will follow especially for the pilgrims who have planned a visit –Read More
Krug tinaja jar
ORIGINAL SHRINE, María Fischer • I simply turned off towards Frankfurt on the motorway instead of Cologne one day on the way from work. It is February 18th, Covenant Day, and my cell phone has loaded so many people and intentions that it urgently needs to go to the Original Shrine. This spontaneous pilgrimage to the Original Shrine brings two surprises: The blessing with the Blessed Sacrament at 6:00 p.m. at the end of the Adoration and a new, large jug with the inscription “Capital of Grace” in many languages.—Read More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • First of all: It wasn’t us! When Father Pablo Pol’s message was spread about the letters sent to the Blessed Mother in the Original Shrine that broke the jar, many said to themselves, “But the last time we delivered letters via Schoenstatt.org the jar was still in perfect condition! This Christmas, just in case, we put the more than 750 letters in a paper bag, which was placed next to the old jar, which for the moment replaces the one that was broken. —  Read More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Father Pablo Pol, Rector of the Original Shrine  • A few weeks ago, something very special happened. The jar that contains the letters, petitions, offerings, in short, the entire Capital of Grace of the Original Shrine, was broken. As you can see in the photos, the letters that arrived with petitions to the Blessed Mother from all over the world were placed with great enthusiasm and the jar could not withstand it…it simply broke. —  From the outside, one might think that it is simply a mistake andRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Roberto M. González • All of us who have had the grace, as some like to say, to visit Schoenstatt – Original Schoenstatt – with its forests, houses and shrines, have fallen in love with the place, its peace and its beauty. Independent of the season during which we visit Schoenstatt, we feel at home, both for its family-like hospitality and the place itself. It is a dream and a blessing to be in this “Land so warm and dear”. –   For many it is an incalculablyRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Zachary E. Larson • With 15 young men from six countries, the International Schoenstatt Leaders’ school offered a new generation of leaders the chance to deepen their formation. For 33 days, members of the Schoenstatt International Male Youth stayed at the Original Shrine, the fount of graces. They followed the footsteps of Father Kentenich, meeting the communities he established and studying the milestones of his life. Above all, these Schoenstatt leaders, no matter from which country, focused their energy on fostering a joyful, purposeful international community. In theRead More
ORIGINAL SHRINE, Maria Fischer • “The Shrine is a mission, always” – the phrase from Fr. Juan Pablo Catoggio, Superior General of the Schoenstatt Fathers, in the introduction, hangs in the air during a simple, multilingual celebration on the afternoon of 15 August for the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, with a small crowd from many countries and languages, under the gentle drizzle of the German summer. The shrine is a mission, always – and especially when it comes to the Original Shrine, whose new rector, Fr.Read More